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Hunan Opens 72 Freight Trains Between China and Europe in H1

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On July 2, 2018, the China Railway Guangzhou Group announced that it has launched 150 freight trains between China and Europe between January and June of this year. This includes 78 in Guangdong and 72 in Hunan. Since it began operation in Dongguan in 2013, the Group has opened a total of 766 trains. Five cities have been added, including Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, and Huaihua.
The China-Europe Express has reduced transportation time for electronic products and clothing exports from Guangdong and Hunan by nearly two-thirds compared to sea transport. It has reduced fare by nearly three-quarters compared to air. 
Sea and air transportation can be affected by weather, while rail delivery has unique advantages such as stable opening dates and good cargo safety. Many cities have already created joint railway and customs department operations, and made appointments according to customer need. This has greatly improved customs clearance efficiency.
The Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Cluster exports primarily high value-added light industrial products. The China-Europe Express has become a foreign trade growth pole. Hunan’s high-quality industrial and agricultural products will be transported to European and Asian countries, and more Hunanese will have access to foreign goods such as cabinet wood, beer, and coffee brought back on return trains.
In the first six months of this year, the Group launched 150 freight trains between China and Europe, with more than 6,832 cars. There were 100,000 tons of goods transported. This was a 15% increase over last year. The Group anticipates more trains in the second half of 2018, allowing Eurasian countries access to China’s high-quality, light industrial products and share in the benefits of China's development.
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Translator: Yu Jiangjiang
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